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Marriott workers announce tentative agreement to end strike

Workers at Marriott hotels in San Francisco who have been on strike for two months have reached a tentative agreement with the hotel company, the workers’ union announced Monday.

Nearly 2,500 workers at several hotels with the Unite Here Local 2 union went on strike in early October to demand higher pay, more job security and smaller workloads.

The tentative agreement will be voted on Monday and the announcement of the results will be announced at 6 p.m. Pending approval of the agreement, the workers will then return to work on Wednesday, according to the union.

The details of the agreement, which would run through 2022, will be made available after the vote, union officials said.

Unite Here Local 2 president Anand Singh said in a news release:

“This hard-fought contract sets a new and transformative standard for San Francisco’s hotel industry. … During more than two months on strike, hotel workers’ resolve never wavered, and neither did the support and solidarity of our community.”

Singh said contract negotiations will soon begin for more than 5,500 workers at other hotel companies in San Francisco who have been without a contract since mid-August.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed issued a statement about the agreement Monday morning:

“In this time of rising inequality, it is crucial that our workers are able to earn a fair wage that allows them to live and support their families in the increasingly expensive Bay Area. … I am proud to have supported the workers as they fought for better wages, health care and job security.”

A Marriott International spokesperson confirmed that a tentative agreement has been reached and said:

“We look forward to welcoming our associates back to work.”

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